Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

September 25, 2009 11:10 ET

Firefighters From Across the UK to March and Rally in Barnsley in Protest at Threat to Sack 744 South Yorkshire Firefighters

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) - Firefighters from across the UK will march and rally in Barnsley on Monday 28 September in protest at South Yorkshire fire authority's threat to sack 744 firefighters to force through new contracts requiring 12-hour day shifts. South Yorkshire firefighters have voted five to one in favour of strike action, but have not yet set strike dates.

Expect: a colourful, noisy (but well behaved) lobby of the fire authority meeting, march and rally with firefighters joined by family members. We expect as many as 2,000 of the UK's 55,000 firefighters to attend, representing brigades across the UK.

The Fire Brigades Union was notified of the mass sackings by fax on 30 June. It has accused the Labour controlled fire authority of bully boy tactics and trampling on the basic standards of decency the labour and trade union movement expect.

Those at the fire authority lobby will assemble at Regent Street 09.00 - 09.15. This will be significant, but smaller in scale to the march and rally which will take place later.

Coachloads of firefighters for the march and rally will start to arrive at Barnsley Football Club, Barnsley FC, Oakwell Ground, Grove St, Barnsley S71 1ET to assemble by 11am at Churchfields, S70 2 DL. The march will move off around 11.10am.

Speakers will address the rally at around 12.00. It should be finished by around 1pm.

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack will be available for interview in Barnsley. He will also attend the lobby from 09.00 and will be available at the lobby for interview.

He will be available for interview at Churchfields from approximately 10.30 am until he speaks at the rally.

Contact Information

  • Regional and local media contacts:
    Fire Brigades Union
    Ian Murray
    07967 103345
    Fire Brigades Union
    Jeremy Pagan
    07977 931086
    National media contact:
    Fire Brigades Union
    Duncan Milligan
    07736 818100